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September 21, 2012 at 12:00 am #66734ttabParticipant
Hey Koolex; Welcome to the group. Please tell us more about your greenhouse and how you plan to heat it. Photos or drawings would be helpfull also. ( I have no idea how that is done but…)
Sunny days!September 21, 2012 at 12:00 am #63209
Hello to everyone. I am new here and very glad to have found a site that deals with off-grid living. I have recently built a dome greenhouse and I now want to power several components with PV.
The first element I want to get started is my subterranean heating system. I have about 100feet of 4 inch tubing buried inside and under the greenhouse, and I want to move air through it using a small 12 volt fan.
Ideally I want to use a fan that can move about 70CFM. This would provide adequate circulation without much wattage. Sadly, I have only been able to find computer fans (too weak) and a bilge fan for boats that pulls 3.5A DC. Way too much. I want to power the fan with a 10 watt solar panel.
Any ideas?September 22, 2012 at 12:00 am #66739
18′ diameter geodesic dome made out of 2×4’s and 6 mil greenhouse film. Insulated foundation, thermal pond, and the aforementioned underground heat system. Plans to incorporate a solar thermal collector to heat the pond. I don’t know how to upload pics but you can see all my progress at https://geogrow.blogspot.com Since early last winter I have documented my construction and it is now starting to look good! I hope you check it out and like it…September 22, 2012 at 12:00 am #66740retired profile of WrethaOffGridSpectator
Looks good koolex11
Are you planning on growing some edible fish or perhaps doing some hydroponics?
WrethaSeptember 22, 2012 at 12:00 am #66741elnavMember
suggest getting industrial AC fans of right size and flow then use small inverter to power it. maybe not quite as efficient but it works.September 25, 2012 at 12:00 am #6674412vmanParticipant
Ebay is your friend. Search solar attic/greenhouse fans and I’m sure that you will find something to fit the bill.September 27, 2012 at 12:00 am #66748
Wretha: I am planning both. I think catfish would be a good choice for my climate (PA) and I love hydroponics, especially for lettuces. Will definitely try the whole aquaponics circle of life too.October 3, 2012 at 12:00 am #66764ttabParticipant
Let us know how that new fan works out. I have some other ideas if it doesn’t work out the way you want.
Good Luck!October 4, 2012 at 12:00 am #firstname.lastname@example.orgMember
Actually, just FYI, this topic would be better in the technical forum, but now its here, I just wanted to mention ~I saw a lot of solar fans in the Emerald triangle – pot-growing country. they sell for about $70 in most solar stores and everyone knows they are used to dry out marijuana
So it depends where you live, but if you go to your local dope growers supplier you might find what you are looking forOctober 4, 2012 at 12:00 am #66771retired profile of WrethaOffGridSpectator
It’s now in the technical forum.
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